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Hi anonymous,
I am so sorry you have been living with the pain of cramping for 2 years! You are right--some doctors will run tests, and if nothing shows up on this one particular test and the symptom is unexplainable, they shrug it off. However, please know MOST doctors will continue talking with you about other possible causes or treatment options, and will help refer you to specialists and treat you as a WHOLE person and not just look at your reproductive system as the culprit.

We would suggest two things:
1. Get a second opinion from another OB/GYN
2. Ask for a referral to a doctor who specializes in woman's health and pain management. Your OB/GYN may be so busy with women who have clear-cut reproductive conditions (heavy bleeding, annual exams, pregnancy, miscarriage) that he is unable to go through the journey with you to figure out what is possibly wrong.

You may need to talk with a couple of doctors or health care professionals and "interview" them, to find out how they help women with unexplained abdominal pain. Please know--there are other organs, muscles and other tissues in your abdominal region that the pain may feel like a uterine cramp, but it is important to rule out other possible reasons for cramping in that area.

Also, don't undermine the power of stress, and its effect on emotional and physical health and medical conditions. Stress can also be a culprit in causing pain if it is untreated, and talking with a caring doctor can make a world of difference. Other women have talked with acupuncturists (once other medical conditions have been ruled out), and have received great benefits from alternative medicine.

Please get a second opinion from another OB/GYN, or call your primary care physician to ask for a referral to a pain specialist who can rule out other medical conditions, talk with you about your entire well-being and help you figure out what is causing your lingering symtpoms.

Let us know how we can help!

October 29, 2011 - 8:07pm


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